Hidden and mystical edinburgh

Luxury half day private tour - group prices from £225

Come into the mystic…

Edinburgh is not just a supremely beautiful city, but also one which harbours ancient secrets and traditions. If you know where to look, there are places of wonder, healing and ancient mystery to be found – often in odd, unusual locations. Look behind a well known suburban restaurant, to find an ancient healing well; stroll along a quiet street of bungalows – to come upon a powerful and enigmatic standing stone from 5000 years ago; or enter a nondescript shop doorway – and find yourself in an incredibly preserved ancient temple!
Come with us as we lead you to these ancient and mysterious places, many far, far from the standard tourist trail…

THIS TOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN A FULL DAY VERSION, WHICH EXTENDS TO ROSSLYN CHAPEL AND THE GREAT YEW TREE OF ORMISTON.

WE’LL VISIT THESE SITES ON THE TOUR…

St Anthony’s Chapel and Well
We start our journey into the mystic in beautiful Holyrood Park, where sits the mysterious ruin of St Anthony’s chapel; it is of great age, though its function is still an enigma. Ley lines are said to cross each of its stone arches. In its lee we will see the ancient stones of St Anthony’s Well, now dry, but the site of ancient healing ceremonies and ritual washing on Beltane.

The Balm Well of St Catherine
We proceed south, stopping off to find the 500-year old stone building which houses another ancient holy well. In this case, the water is naturally tarry, and was used since earliest times as a healing balm for skin conditions of all kinds.

The Caiy Stane
Right at the edge of the city, secluded amongst quiet housing, rears perhaps the most ancient object in the whole of Edinburgh – the huge and forbidding Caiy (pronounced Kay) Stane, thought to be as many as 5000 years old, and still retaining great aura and power. It has the classic ‘cup and ring’ marks found on many of Scotland’s oldest stone monuments.

Gilmerton Cove 

After inclusive coffee and scones at our wonderful partner, Best Western Braid Hills Hotel, we’ll proceed to the jaw-dropping Gilmerton Cove. Entered through a shop front in an innocuous row of buildings at a busy crossroads, a set of carved stone downward stairs takes you into one of the strangest and most mysterious places in the UK, if not Europe. A suite of hand-carved caverns, containing a ritual altar and even a ceremonial bed of stone, opens up in the torchlight. The site came to light in the 1700’s, but is thought to be a far older temple, quite possibly Druidic in nature. Speculation about the site has flowed for centuries, but new investigations with ground radar may shed new light on one of our very strangest places! (Admission charge extra)

The Secret Garden, Duddingston

We’ll come out of the deep darkness of the Cove, and into the light, colour and healing beauty of the Secret Garden of Duddingston Village, in an unmarked site close to the ancient Duddingston Kirk. Here lives and thrives the wonderful Physic Garden of healing plants, planted some 50 years ago by Edinburgh medical couple Nancy and Andrew Neil. To end our tour, a feast of colour, tranquillity and peace! 

 

tour essentials

  • Prices: Small group up to 3 adults (Hyundai PHEV) – £225  Medium group 4-7 guests (Mercedes Vito) – £370-385  Large group 8-18 guests (Minicoach) £485-535: payable to guide, credit/debit cards, cash, Apple/Samsung pay accepted.
  • Pickup and return to accommodation, cruise vessel or any Edinburgh location
  • Visiting key mystical and ancient sites of Edinburgh
  • Price excludes admission fee to Gilmerton Cove
  • Fully licensed and insured driver-guides. Tours fully in German available by arrangement.
  • Children welcome, but families must provide own booster seats if required.
  • Weather dependent tour – 7 Hills Tours reserve the right to cancel with refund in case of severe weather.